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SportMavericks Rookie Luka Doncic is Already Playing at All-Star Level

14:15  07 december  2018
14:15  07 december  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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Luka Dončić (Slovene: [ˈlùːka ˈdòːntʃitʃ]; born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA)

Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is already the highest ranked Mav in ESPN NBArank and they nailed it that the 19-year-old is Dallas’ best player . The Dallas Mavericks traded up to pick three to select Luka Doncic . Those three teams are going to regret passing on this special European talent.

Mavericks Rookie Luka Doncic is Already Playing at All-Star Level © Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Sport Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

As the third pick in the 2018 NBA draft, rookie Luka Doncic is all over NBA headlines with his fantastic success so far this season for Dallas. Coming into this year’s draft, the Mavericks had a high lottery pick for a reason: They finished thirteenth in the western conference last year. The Mavericks record last season was an ugly 24-58, and with Yogi Ferrell out for the season due to injury, it was a disappointing year for Dallas.

The top prospect didn’t go to college; instead he played in the Euroleague for four seasons. In Doncic’s final season playing in Europe, he averaged 14.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, and 0.3 BPG. As a 6’ 7” point guard, Doncic is incredibly mobile for his size, and has great potential, as he showed in the Euroleague. At the age of 19, he is also the youngest player in the league, giving Doncic lots of time to improve throughout his career.

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The Slovenian currently leads all rookies in scoring, ranks behind only Deandre Ayton, Wendell Carter Jr. and Marvin Bagley III in rebounding and trails only It hasn't taken Doncic long to adjust to the NBA's extended 3-point line. Close to half of his attempts in a Mavericks uniform have come from the

All of those players were at least 20 as rookies ; Doncic is 19. Gallinari began practicing in the top league of his native Italy at 14 and playing at 16. Among rookies who have played more than 300 minutes, Doncic has the second-highest usage rate (24.9%) behind Atlanta’s Trae Young, and he has

As a rookie, the Mavericks weren’t expecting too much from him, but definitely felt that Doncic would be a valuable asset for the squad. With those expectations coming his way to start off the season, Doncic came out of the gates on fire in each and every Mavs game. In all 21 games, Doncic is averaging 18.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 4.2 APG. He’s shooting an incredible 44.3% from the field. Doncic’s great shooting percentage isn’t just coming from close shots around the basket: He’s a great shooter, and has a great shooting stoke from deep. He’s known for lighting up the perimeter down the stretch for the Mavericks.

But with stats aside, as a starting point guard, Doncic is the primary option for the Dallas Mavericks. This means that it’s Doncic who is setting up most of the plays, scoring, et cetera for Dallas. And Doncic has one it at a very high level: The rookie is leading a team that missed the playoffs by a mile last season, and is carrying them to a playoff spot. The Mavericks may not be in contention yet, but with all the young talent that they have, Dallas can certainly be a championship contender within the next few years. This especially holds true if Doncic resigns, of course in two years, when his rookie contract ends with the Mavericks. And with the great, bright future that the Mavericks hold, there is no reason why Doncic shouldn’t resign with the team.

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